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Letter to the Editor: Opinion on Scott Brown’s Health Care Policy

Letter regarding Brown's health care policy and it's affect on seniors.

The following was submitted by Communications Director for ProgressMass Mathew Helman: 

According to the 2010 Census, 3,490 people age 65 and older live in Reading, along with 1,845 senior citizens in North Reading, and every one of them should be deeply concerned about Republican Scott Brown’s health care policy.  The centerpiece of Brown’s health care policy is working to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care reform law known as ObamaCare.

National health care advocacy organization Community Catalyst Action Fund released a new analysis finding that, if the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) is repealed, senior citizens in Reading and North Reading and across Massachusetts will be saddled with higher costs and fewer benefits.

ObamaCare, as it is known, lowers seniors’ Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket costs by an estimated $500 per year.  This means that, if Republican Scott Brown gets his way and repeals ObamaCare, seniors’ Medicare costs will go up about $5,000 over the next decade.

ObamaCare also fills in the so-called “donut hole” in prescription drug coverage for seniors.  Between January and August of this year, 31,000 Massachusetts residents hit the “donut hole.”  ObamaCare saved those Medicare beneficiaries an average of over $600 per person.  This means that, if Republican Scott Brown gets his way and repeals ObamaCare, seniors’ prescription drug costs will go up dramatically.

Also, during the first eight months of 2012, over 500,000 Medicare beneficiaries across Massachusetts took advantage of no-cost preventive services thanks to ObamaCare.  If Republican Scott Brown gets his way and repeals ObamaCare, seniors will lose these no-cost preventive services.

Policy decisions made in Washington D.C. have a real and direct impact on the residents of Reading and North Reading.  The health care policy that Republican Scott Brown is advocating would have a decidedly harmful impact on Reading's and North Reading's seniors.

Fred Van Magness Sr. October 24, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Here's my opinion. I am not interested in your progressive overtures. Nowhere do you discuss the adverse tax impacts of ObamaCare or the adverse impact to seniors. Just more of the same....create a progressive society. This is clearly to help Elizabeth Warren. Why don't you talk about Warren practicing law without passing the bar in MA ? Now that would be progressive.
Joe Veno October 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Speaking of Obamacare You failed to mention the 700 Million Obamacare is going to take out of Medicare, to run the program. Very interesting you would not mention that.
George November 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Because it is not true. You are just parroting Romney and the rest of your Republican friends

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